Diversion Books is a premier eBook publishing company headquartered in New York City marketing original and backlist works from quality authors. Diversion has a full-service approach to production, marketing, and publicity, and engages the latest tools and technologies in order to produce and promote its titles in the best way possible. Founded by book lovers from the world of traditional publishing, Diversion is building the next generation publishing company, one great book at a time.
Scott Waxman, CEO
Scott Waxman has spent his entire 25 year career in legacy and digital book publishing. He is the founder of both the e-publisher Diversion Books and the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Diversion Books was formed in 2010 to acquire the digital rights to high quality front and back list titles with strong sales potential in eBook format. The company offers a full service solution to authors, literary agents and publishing companies including title production, distribution through all major sales channels and extensive marketing. In only three years Diversion has emerged as a premier eBook publishing company, partnering with more than fifty major literary agencies and media companies with a title catalog of more than 200 books across a wide range of categories, including such notable authors as SE Hinton, Roger Kahn, Lucy Alibar, Anita Mills, Mark Cuban and Sam Smith. The company partners closely with online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple as well as marketing partners such as Netgalley and Goodreads.
Mary Cummings, Editorial Director
With background in editorial, marketing and project management capacities, Mary Cummings handles acquisitions for Diversion and assists in business development and strategy. Mary has worked with over 100 authors and their agents throughout the life cycle of their projects to maximize the sales potential and marketability of their works, including S.E. Hinton, Greg Behrendt, Colin Mochrie, Anita Mills, Roger Kahn, Mark Cuban, and The Washington Post.
Randall Klein, Acquisitions Editor
Randall Klein has worked for over seven years in the publishing world, most recently on the editorial staff within the Ballantine / Bantam Dell imprints at Random House, on both the print side and as an editor for the start of the digital-first imprint, Alibi. At Random House, he worked with authors such as Emily Winslow, Paul Levine, Juliet Rosetti, and Pierre Davis and handled backlist titles for authors ranging from Rex Stout to Harlan Coben. Prior to Random House, Randall worked in the foreign rights department at Trident Media Group. At Diversion, he seeks to build a strong list in the mystery / suspense / thriller genres, incorporating both second lives for backlist titles as well as new authors.
Angela Craft, Marketing & Publicity Manager
Angela Craft first started working with books while still in high school, initiating an internship program with the middle school library. Since then, she has built a career based on her love of books, first as an independent book review blogger at Bookish Blather, and following that as a sales representative at American Book Company. As an active blogger and social media user, Angela is fully immersed in internet culture, especially as it relates to book lovers and the larger publishing industry, and she is excited to use her expertise in the medium to build awareness for Diversion Books and its authors.
Sarah Masterson Hally, Production Manager
With extensive experience in both eBook and print formatting and design, Sarah Masterson Hally handles all things production for Diversion. Previously at HarperCollins Publishers, both in the UK and US, Sarah focused on print-on-demand and eBook production of backlist titles, quality assurance, digital asset management, and eBook rights.
Strategic Advisor and Co-Founder
Charles Stuart Platkin, Ph.D., J.D.
Charles Platkin is a life-long entrepreneur and emerging company incubator who has helped launch multiple startups in the media and health industries. He was the president, founder and creative force behind Marinex Multimedia, a forerunner in multimedia development that excelled in the creation of online entertainment and original editorial programming. Prior to founding Marinex Multimedia, Platkin was General Counsel and Vice-President of News Communications, Inc., a publicly-traded newspaper and magazine company based in Manhattan that published The Hill in Washington, and Dan's Papers in the Hamptons. He is the author of five books on health, including Breaking the Pattern (Penguin).